Lava Lands Visitor’s Center – go north on HWY 97- 18 miles. Turn left into the center and go to
the main info booth for all of the maps and activities you can do while there. From the top of
the butte you can see 300 cinder cones in the local area. Benham Falls is on the south end. It is a
good place to access the river in several locations. Newberry National Volcanic Monument hot-
line is 541-383-5700.
High Desert Museum is 22 miles north of La Pine on HWY 97 you will see the right hand turn off into the museum. It features the natural history of the entire Central Oregon region from the Native Americans through the settlement period and it also offers a living history cabin and garden, wood mill and colorful characters to entertain and answer your many questions about pioneer life. There are raptor exhibits daily and you can peek at bobcats and otters!
Bend – 30 miles north, the City of Bend offers many wonderful things to do. Try the Old Mill District off Reed Road. You will find theaters, shops, restaurants and great parking while you are there. Stop in at the Central Oregon Visitor’s Center on the South end of the parking lot and pick up additional info about bend things to do.
Sunriver – 17 miles north of La Pine you can turn west off Hwy 97 into the Sunriver Experience! The resort, the Village, the new aquatic park called the SHARC, the Sunriver Nature Center, The Oregon Observatory, the horse stables, the boat landings, the bike paths the vacation rent- als are all waiting for you to enjoy!
Sunriver Nature Center and the Oregon Observatory are both located off Circle three in Sunriv- er. Look at the stars, have a bird-watching adventure and learn about nature in Central Ore- gon. 541-593-4442 for the nature center and the observatory is 541-598-4406.
South Twin Lake/North Twin Lake – Take Huntington Road through town, north to Burgess. Turn left and follow the road, past Wild River and Pringle Falls to South Century Drive. Turn left 4 miles and left again to the resort. Boats, fishing, camping, cabins, great food and all of the fun a person could want at a local lake are available to all visitors.
The other High lakes – Crane Prairie, Wickiup, Cultis and many others are easily accessible following the same basic directions.
Crescent Lake Lodge – located on Hwy 58 right (west) after the cutoff road from Crescent (17 miles south of La Pine off of Hwy 97) joins the Hwy, you will find great food, a pristine lake, camping, fishing nature trails and all kinds of resort amenities in the tiny town.
Gilchrist/Crescent – two tiny towns connected by their relationship with what was the old mill town of Gilchrist (Now Interfor). It is located 17mile south of La Pine on Hwy 97 and boasts a historic mall, a beautiful old theater and an amazing motel lodge.
Salt Creek Falls – located on Hwy 58; Salt Creek Falls is a waterfall on Salt Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, located near Oakridge, Oregon in the Willamette National For- est. It is about 286 feet tall and is the second highest waterfall in Oregon. Watch for signs as you approach Oak Ridge Oregon.
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Train Mountain is in Chiloquin. Go for a ride through the pines on miniature trains. Everyone loves trains!